Gallegos torn between Bama & TCU

Will the tradition of Alabama and the lure of playing in the Southeastern Conference win out over the proximity of TCU? <br><br>That's the question Elvis Gallegos has to answer.

A 6-2, 180-pound QB/DB from Richland Hills High School in Fort Worth, Texas, Gallegos said, "I've visited TCU so far, and I've already boiled my decision down to two schools, them and Alabama. I might visit Alabama this weekend, but I might not. I still have to decide when I'll visit there."

Gallegos visited TCU last weekend, and some reports have him taking his official visit to Alabama this weekend. But obviously when spoke to him last night, he had not yet finalized those plans. Alabama could ask him to wait until January 25th to visit.

Gallegos is said to be one of the better prospects in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He played a number of positions in high school, including quarterback his senior season. But Gallegos has the talent to end up at receiver or defensive back in college. Though Gallegos is athletic enough to play several positions, Alabama is recruiting him as a defensive back/cornerback.

Standing over six feet tall and sporting a 4.45 clocking in the 40-yard dash, Gallegos could be what every coach is looking for: a tall, athletic cover corner.

Although Tide Head Coach Dennis Franchione previously coached at TCU and knew about the Richland Hills athlete from area scouting, the Horned Frogs' active interest in Gallegos didn't start while Franchione was their head coach. "TCU actually started recruiting me after Coach Franchione left for Alabama," he said.

Gallegos is being recruited to Alabama by Cornerbacks Coach Chris Thurmond.

The distance from Fort Worth to Tuscaloosa will play a part in determining where he ends up, but not a huge part. Gallegos said, "I like Alabama a lot, because they're really interested. We're talking SEC vs. Conference USA. But TCU is a lot closer, so it kind of evens out.

"It's about 50-50 right now."

Gallegos said there are positives and negatives about recruiting. "Probably my least favorite part of recruiting is that I don't know where I'll end up, and I'll be asked the same question every day," he said, laughing. "But it's nice that my name is out there, and I'm enjoying the visits. Visiting TCU was a lot of fun, and I'm sure Alabama will be a lot of fun."

As might be expected of a defensive back, Gallegos likes to be around the football. "I think (my favorite part of playing defensive back) would be passing situations," he said. "I just love to intercept the ball. I had six (interceptions) last year, but this year I played quarterback the entire season. The coaches wouldn't let me play defense except in the last game.

"I played both ways that last game, and I had one interception."

Playing quarterback almost exclusive this past season, Gallegos was credited with more than 2,200 yards of total offense. During his junior season, he hauled in six interceptions to lead the metroplex area.

Alabama fans still have a while to wait before they find out whether prestige tops distance in Gallegos' decision. "I might make a decision late in the month. Hopefully, I'll know everything before signing day, but it might come down to sometime around there."

Besides Alabama and TCU, at one time or another Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech have also shown some interest.

EDITOR'S NOTE: On the phone, Gallegos is an intelligent, personable young man. He has consistently listed Alabama among his leaders throughout the recruiting process. But distance from home is a concern.

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